There are numerous reasons why we should all be proud to live in and around Edinburgh.
But the most important one of all is the incredible people who live and work here and who make it one of the greatest cities on the planet.
The Edinburgh Local Hero Awards aims to honour the talented and the brave, the compassionate and the determined. The people who make Edinburgh and Lothians what it is today.
These awards will shine a light on these stories and honour that courage. These unsung individuals are our true heroes and should be an inspiration to us all.
Euan McGrory, Editor, Edinburgh Evening News